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Pumkin Roll

Here I go again!

Pumpkin.

Are you sick of it yet?

A friend of mine asked me a while ago to help her make a pumpkin roll for her hubby who loves them and hasn’t had one for a couple years. They are both relatively new to Wisconsin, and honestly, I had never heard of a pumpkin roll! It’s apparently a regional thing or I’ve been left in the dark for far too long.

We planned it all out, Rachel and Lacey came over to help bake this scrumptious, delectable treat!

Actually, we made two!

I was a bit worried about  making these, since I’d never done it before. It’s easy enough to mix ingredients together, but to flip these babies out of the pan AND roll them up, then unroll them, fill them with cream cheese, sugary goodness, and ROLL THEM BACK UP!
It sounds like a lot of work.
But in the end, I was pleasantly surprised as to how easy it was. In fact, I want to make another one!

Pumpkin rolls go perfectly with coffee, by the way.

Pumpkin Roll
Note: My friend Rachel sent this recipe to me via Facebook. Prior to that, I don’t know where it came from.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
powdered sugar for sprinkling

Filling:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs on high speed for 5 minutes. Slowly add the white sugar, pumpkin, and lemon juice and mix well. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, ginger, and nutmeg and mix until combined. Batter will be thick, but spreadable.

Line the bottom of a large jellyroll pan with parchment paper and grease and flour the sides. Pour batter into pan.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup powdered sugar on terrycloth towel. (I used a regular kitchen towel) I lied the towel right on top of the pan and flipped the pumpkin sheet out, that way it would just fall onto the towel and not all over the table. Gently roll with the towel rolled up inside it as well and let it cool in the fridge.

While roll is cooling, prepare filling by mixing cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. When roll has cooled, unroll it and spread the filling evenly. Roll it back up and refrigerate. It’s really hard to not crack the dough when rolling but if it does don’t stress because the cracks fix themselves when it refrigerates. Also, slightly dampening the cloth helps. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into 1 inch slices to serve.

Enjoy!

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A Mouthful…of Words and Cookies!

 

While trying to think of a name for this post, I started typing out what this cookies could be called.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies.

Woo! I’m almost out of breath after saying that one! And let’s face it, it’s hard to say… a ‘mouthful’, if I may.

I came across this recipe on Facebook. One of new favorite blogger, Sally, posted it. (I have to tell you, everything she makes looks amazing!)

So, one day I saw these in my news feed and knew that they needed to be in oven baking, like right now!

You may have already figured out that I love love LOVE pumpkin. Fall is my favorite time of year and I just love to bake! (it’s not great for my waistline, but my hubby loves me anyway 😉 )

These are super easy to make and generally  healthy as well. Only a 1/2 cup of sugar total. No butter. No oil.
But don’t let the healthiness scare you off, they’re really yummy!

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies (adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Yield: about 2 dozen

1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk together pumpkin, egg, and vanilla until well combined.
In another bowl, mix together, flour, oats, sugars, baking powder and soda, and spices.
Fold together wet and dry ingredients until just combined.
Fold in chocolate chips and cranberries.

Place spoon-fulls of dough onto prepared cookies sheet.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
Let cool for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Enjoy!

 

 

Try, Try Again

Well, I’ve done it again. I made a clean (which also happen to be gluten free) treat for myself last night, and it did NOT turn out.

I’ve done this countless times. I really want something yummy AND healthy. Is that too much to ask for?

I don’t think so.

Most recipes I try aren’t sweet enough or are too sweet, but in a weird way. Not a sugary sweet, since I don’t use granulated sugar. It’s hard to explain, but it’s weird. And I don’t like it.

So I’m trying it again. Vanilla Coconut Flour Cookies. Found here.

Not only are these clean, but they are also gluten free 🙂

I whipped them up quickly after dinner and was so excited to have a yummy healthy treat!!! And right before Halloween. Maybe I won’t splurge on candy this year…well, let be real.

They were…okay. Don’t get me wrong, they tasted good. The texture is something to get used to, especially for someone that’s never baked with coconut flour. But if you are someone like me that is used to sugar filled goodness, these will wake up your taste buds!

The texture is definitely different  from any baked thing I’ve ever made, but don’t let this discourage you, try, try again.

Vanilla Coconut Flour Cookies (adapted from The Prudent Wife)

3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup melted coconut oil (you can also use butter)
1 cup coconut milk
6 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp honey (more if you want the cookies sweeter)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor, beat the eggs thoroughly. Add coconut milk and honey. Pulse a few times until combined.
Add coconut oil and pulse until combined.
Add dry ingredients and pulse gently until combined.

Taste your ‘dough’ to see if you like it. If it’s not sweet enough, add some more honey.

Bake for 20 minutes

All ingredients mixed together!

The finished product!

Add-ins:

When adding the dry ingredient, mix in:
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
Dashes of ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves, to taste.
Top with a few chocolate chips before baking.

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Granola

I know I have mentioned this multiple times, but I love finding delicious and healthy snacks! And if you are a peanut butter lover like I am, you will like this one.
It’s super easy to slap together and you can enjoy it almost right away.
I also think this recipe would be pretty versatile. You could make this into a trail mix, adding some dried fruit or nuts. You could also use almond butter instead of PB.
Not only is this a clean recipe, but it could also be a gluten free recipe. Throw some gluten free oats in there and you’ve got a cheap and easy gluten free granola!

Peanut Butter Granola (adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers)

4 Tbsp natural peanut butter
4 Tbsp raw honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I make my own)
2 cups old fashioned oats

Spread out and ready to go in the oven!

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Either spray a cookies sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Microwave for about 30 seconds, or until peanut butter melts.
Add cinnamon and vanilla; mix well.
Stir in the oats until they are completely covered in peanut butter mixture.
Spread oat mixture out on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake about 12-15 minutes, or until granola is slightly browned.
Let cool.
Granola will become crunchy as it cools.

I put this in some Coconut Milk Chocolate yogurt and it was so yummy! I think it will taste good in all my flavored yogurt!

Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte

What’s the first thing you think of once fall weather hits your hometown?
Baking? Apple picking? Pumpkin picking? Fall colors?
No matter what you think of, this is truly a magical time of year. Besides the long, cold winter, I am very glad that I live in the Midwest. Not every state or country has the changing of seasons that we do. I am thankful for all the seasons as they come. I’m just not as ready for them all when they arrive. But I definitely appreciate different things about them. And if it wasn’t for winter, I wouldn’t appreciate spring and summer so much!
But for now, we are full on Fall! Cool weather, leaves are turning, and if you’ve read my last few posts, you can tell I am in to pumpkin. More than any other fall flavor, I love pumpkin. (I’m sorry if you don’t share the love of pumpkin that I do, you clearly have been missing out on some tasty treats!)
I tried this recipe last week when I hosted an Arbonne party in my home. It was wonderful evening of relaxing, drinking lattes and chatting with girl friends 🙂
The Pumpkin Spice Lattes were a big hit and easy to make. Fix it and forget it. Only about 2 hours in the crock-pot and you’ve got a delicious hot drink that anyone would be excited to drink!

Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes (adapted from Urban Nester)

8 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, seeded
2 tsp cinnamon
8 Tbsp sugar
4 cups strongly brewed coffee
6 cups milk (I used 1%, because that’s what we have in the house)
Whipped topping or Redi-whip (optional)

Using a whisk to stir, combine all ingredients in the crock pot and whisk well.
Turn crock-pot on high and cook for about two hours or until hot.
Top with whipped cream and dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

Enjoy!

Note: if you don’t have vanilla beans, don’t worry, just add extra vanilla extract.

Happy Football Season!

You know those really soft, frosted cookies that you find in bakeries at Walmart, Copp’s or any other local grocery store? You know what I’m talking about. They’re like 1/2 inch thick and usually have really thick frosting in a multitude of colors and sprinkles…we can’t forget the sprinkles! These are one of my favorite kind of bought cookies, at least as far as bought cookies go. These and Oreo’s..but that’s another story.

Anyway, I got a hankerin’ for baking today and asked my Facebook fans if they had any suggestions. Now, lets face it. I don’t have thousands of followers, but I have a handful and they usually comment on my stuff. Well, today, I had one. One friend comment. All she suggested was that she wanted to make something for the Packer game coming up this Sunday. I instantly knew what I needed to make.

My new football cookie cutter came to mind and VOILA!!! I knew what recipe to use and everything!

My adorable football cookie cutter!

My sister gave this recipe to me a couple years ago and besides my raisin oatmeal cookies, this is probably my hubby’s favorite cookie that I make. They’re soft. Chewy. Fluffy. Delicious.

I topped these with my Cinnamon Butter Cream . Do you have to? No. But I had it left over from my Pumpkin Patch Cake I made last weekend. So instead of freezing it and eventually throwing it away, I decided to use it. All I had to do was use a little brown food coloring. I really like Americolor coloring. It makes very vibrant colors and results in not being able to taste the coloring. Some brands, since you have to use so much to make brighter colors, start to taste like the coloring…not good. Not good at all.

Fluffy Cut-out Sugar Cookies
Yield: about 2 dozen cookie

3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar until smooth.
Beat  in eggs one at a time. Stir in milk and vanilla.z
Into the creamed mixture, add the flours, baking powder, and salt.
Mix until it forms  a nice ball.
Cover and place in the fridge for about and hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out the cookie dough to no less than 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
Bake 6-8 minutes. DO NOT LET THEM TURN BROWN. If you think they don’t look done at the 6-8 minutes, they are. Take them out. I only baked mine for 6 minutes and they were perfect.
Let the cookies rest for a couple minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Let cool completely before frosting.

Note: you can totally use all-purpose flour for all of it instead of adding the whole wheat pastry flour. It will.work either way.

Note II: Any type of frosting or cookie icing will work to frost these cookies. Use your favorite frosting or find a recipe on here!

Raspberry Cooler

For a change of pace, I decided to give you a recipe for something other than pumpkin food. Shocking. I know.

After a long couple of weeks, some friends and us had a taco night. We’ve done this before and its seriously probably one my favorite times. We go all out.
Hard shells, tortillas, chips (this time, homemade by Beth), guacamole (also made by Beth), salsa, pico de gallo, re-fried beans, sour cream… I’m sure I’m forgetting something.

So, again, it had been a long week for us all, so I decided to make a fun drink to share. I scoured my Pinterest boards and found something easy. (since I knew I wouldn’t have tons of time to make anything too fancy)

Here’s what I came up with. Barefoot Mascato Wine with Sprite, topped with frozen raspberries, a.k.a a Raspberry Cooler

Okay, maybe I didn’t come up with it, but I found it on Pinterest and made it my own. Meaning I switched diet Sprite for regular Sprite…

Either way, it was a big hit and this is super easy to put together!

Raspberry Cooler (adapted from Make it, Bake, Create it)

Barefoot Mascato Wine
2 Liter bottle Sprite (or any clear lemon lime soda)
Frozen raspberries

In a pitcher, combine equal parts wine and Sprite. Add raspberries to taste.

I enjoyed adding the raspberries to each glass to be used as ice cubes.

You could also use frozen strawberries or any berry you prefer 🙂

Enjoy!

Thanks to Janelle for the use of her beautiful pitcher and the table cloth that happens to match perfectly!!!